Tuesday, January 22, 2008

A new career path

For those who read this blog regularly and have disturbingly accurate memories, you may recall that I once stated I wanted to go to medical school and become a radiologist. At this moment, I still like the idea, but I no longer feel that is what I want to actually do. Medical school would require another year of classes before I could get accepted and even then it's uncertain. I also don't like the idea of disimpacting someone's bowels.

I have found an alternative career path that, though doesn't have quite the starting salary, does still have prestige and would provide me with the ability to use my analytical skills: I want to become a Special Agent for the FBI.

I picked up a book the other day from work called The FBI Career Guide, written by Joseph Koletar, who was the Section Chief of the Criminal Investigation Division at the FBI. The book details what the FBI is like, what agents do, what the training is like, and what the job is like day to day. I've already read much of it, and the more I read it and learn what agents do the more interested I become.

I haven't even been watching the X-Files recently, either.

To date, I don't meet the pre-reqs for application. I need 3 years of full time work experience before I can apply (or have a JD, fluency in a foreign language, or a degree in accounting or computer science; none of which I have). I may be able to get computer certifications (Microsoft Certifications and the like, I believe) and use those in place of the CS degree, but I need to look into that option.

I really feel good about this. I know it's recent, and in time I may abandon this prospect as well if it proves unattainable, but I think I can do it. I have the physical fitness qualifications all met, and as of now the only lacking thing is work experience.

I can do this.

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